Empowering youth and fostering healthy relationships with Philadelphia communities to develop them sustainably, and equitably, from the ground-up.
North Philadelphia is a community that has been riddled with deeply rooted social and environmental inequities for decades including some of the highest rates of unemployment, land abandonment, obesity, diabetes, drop out, and crime in the nation. That is why the Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC) are working to unite, as well as educate, energize, and empower Philadelphia youth, ex-offenders, and communities with the skills, resources, networks, and analysis to become passionate leaders in the movement to transform blighted urban landscapes into models of community-based, social and environmental sustainability.
PUC is currently transforming 3 acres of vacant land and an adjacent building in North-Central Philly into an educational urban farm, community center, after school program, and Urban Innovation training program for our neighbors as a means of establishing grass-roots organization and development through local food production. We are also working with schools, universities, houses of worship, and community organizations throughout Philadelphia to engage youth in this process as a way of empowering them to harvest their own visions for the redevelopment of their communities, apply this model to back yards, vacant lots, and school campus everywhere, and create a city-wide network of such programs and bottom-up movement towards localized self-reliance and community-based revitalization.